Rutgers (4-3) at Illinois (5-2)
How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes
Where: State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois (15,500 capacity)
Tip-off: Friday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2 - Mike Couzens & Robbie Hummel
Stream: ESPN App
KenPom Rankings: Rutgers - No. 88, five spots better following a 74-64 win over Clemson on Tuesday; Illinois - No. 22, one spot better following a 82-72 win over Notre Dame on Monday.
Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 103.8 (122nd) Defense 94.8 (57th); Illinois - Offense 111.5 (23rd) Defense 91.4 (26th)
KenPom Prediction: Illinois 72 Rutgers 61. Rutgers is given a 17% chance to win.
Vegas Line: Illinois -7.5
Series History: Illinois leads the all-time series 9-3 with the last meeting coming last March in the Big Ten Quarterfinals. The Illini won 90-68. Rutgers won the only regular season meeting last season at the RAC by the score of 91-88.
Huge game for Rutgers. Heavy underdogs and stopping Kofi Cockburn is going to be a major challenge. The Scarlet Knights need to push the tempo and get some points in transition and less of a meat grinder. This is a big test. Let’s see how they do.
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